By D. Sohi, Blog Correspondent
The Windrush Generation in the UK has recently come to light, not through the retrospective lens of a historian, but an active resurgence of othering. Those who had boarded the SS Empire Windrush from the West Indies to Britain in 1948, were attracted to the offer of full citizenship suggested by the British Nationality Act of 1948. It seemed like a mutually beneficial partnership: post-war Britain’s infrastructure (National Health Service and London Transport) needed repairing and strengthening, and commonwealth “subjects” desired new opportunities. According to the National Archives (UK), immigration ‘increased in 1954 and had reached over 135,000 by 1961.’ With their landing cards destroyed by the Home Office, they were, and still are, at the mercy of the Home Office itself, which demands multiple forms of identification. If there are no landing cards, there is no hard evidence that they were ever here legally. Legislation from decades ago, prior to rigid immigration control, doesn’t cut it.
by Namrata, Blog Correspondent
Louisiana Catch by Sweta Vikram scared the daylights out of me, in the literal sense. No, it doesn’t talk about ghosts, vampires or of paranormal stuff you cannot see. It talks about the nightmares you see daily, the sexual offenders!
Considered to be one of the most anticipated Young Adult Debut novels of the year, Children of Blood and Bone written by Nigerian-American author Tomi Adeyemi, is an exhilarating read. Tomi Adeyemi is a creative-writing coach based in San Diego, California. Her creative writing blog has been named one of the 101 best websites for writers by Writer’s Digest. Revolving around the fantasy world of Orisha the story is based on the age old paradigm of good v/s evil and takes us to world of Zelie Adebola.
Though Zelie is the primary character and one that is simply perfect, there are other characters that make the story engaging. Apart from Zelie’s brother Tzain and the king in waiting Inan, one character that grows onto the reader is that of Princess Amari. While Zelie is depicted as a fierce warrior who is fighting for what’s her, we have Princess Amari on the other hand who is struggling to find a voice in the beginning and then gradually becomes stronger.
by D. Sohi
The recent van attack in Münster, Germany on 7th of April, 2018 witnessed the usual social media and press flurry: Who was the perpetrator? Which organisation did they belong to? They must be Muslim. Cue the influx of “solutions” from social media users on how to deal with this problem--unsettling solutions intimidating for any person of colour to read, particularly as those users are sympathetic to, or are aligned with, right and far-right organisations.
The perpetrator was reported to be mentally ill and known to the police. The perpetrator was a white German national. This did not prevent assumptions about the racial and religious background of the man responsible, prior to be release of more details on the case. In presuming that terrorists can only be brown Muslims, white terrorists and far-right European groups fly under the radar, escalating the problem.
Chup: Breaking the Silence About India’s Women by Deepa Narayan is an immensely powerful eye opener for every Indian woman and lives up to the claim on its cover "This book will hold a mirror to every Indian woman."
Deepa Narayan is an international poverty, gender and development adviser who has worked at the World Bank, the United Nations and in the non-government sector. She was named as 100 most influential global thinkers by Foreign Policy Magazine in 2011 and has some seventeen books to her credit.
by Srishti Uppal
Feminism initially laid ground in India in the mid-eighteenth century, when women began to speak out against evils of the previously existing and legal practice of Sati. Sati or suttee is an obsolete funeral custom where a widow immolates herself on her husband's pyre or takes her own life in another fashion shortly after her husband's death. Widows were often forcefully burnt alive.
However, this activism was displayed not by Indian women, but by European women settled in India as a consequence of colonialism. This initiated a trend, which has continually overshadowed present-day feminism in India.
by Kanika Lawton
I was not fully aware of what it means to be Khmer until I spent a year studying in Los Angeles.
Granted, I am always aware of the intersections of my identities: biracial. Chinese-Cambodian on my mother’s side, Scottish-Swedish on my father’s. Second-generation Canadian. Daughter of a refugee. Female. I’m also fiercely proud of my heritage, arguing with anyone who tells me I cannot identify as half-Asian “because I look too White” and brushing off “where are you really from?” questions with literal answers (born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia).